Youth soccer program, varsity football team to share facilities

CAREY — The Carey youth soccer program and the school district’s varsity football team have reached an agreement to allow both groups to use the village’s athletic fields.

The action came during a special council meeting this week, attended by about a dozen individuals, which lasted about an hour.

The village owns both the soccer field and the football stadium.

The soccer program, which operates in the spring with about 500 participants, will use the football stadium if the soccer field is unplayable. The football team will have exclusive use of the soccer field for practice through Oct. 31, the last game of the regular season.

Council approved a motion for the agreement, which included the school district funding repairs to the soccer field, if necessary, following the football team’s use.

The issue arose last week during Carey Council’s regular meeting when Council President Mike Blair said the soccer field would be unavailable to the football team after Aug. 31 because it would be reseeded in preparation for the spring season.

However, the football team uses the soccer field for practice in order to save the stadium’s turf from additional wear and because the football practice field is used by other teams, including the junior varsity and midget football.

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